Curriculum

Choosing Curriculum – Three Things You Must Know

Executive Summary about Curriculum by Terry Hadaway

Teaching Curriculum

Teaching Curriculum

Everyone is producing Bible study curriculum, so it seems. From smaller independent publishers to large corporations, we are being overwhelmed with options.

1. Know the writer/publisher.

Writers and publishers have agendas. Denominationally affiliated curriculum publishers usually are under the guidelines of the denominations they represent. Corporate curriculum publishers have a production cycle that is measured in years, not months.

2. Know the needs of the learners.

School Curriculum

School Curriculum

If you abandon the responsibility to teach to the needs of people, you will find your class (and church) shrinking. When you know the needs of the adults in your class and shop with those needs in mind, you will be drawn to studies that meet those needs. A large denominational publisher offers “age graded” Bible study curriculum that is basically the same across all adult age groups. The only differences between the young adult products and the senior adult products are the covers and the font sizes!

3. Choose curriculum on the strength of the teaching plans and helps.

When I did my doctoral dissertation, I discovered that most Bible study teachers spend very little time learning how to teach adults. Great teaching skills can overcome bad curriculum; but great curriculum will never overcome bad teaching!

The large denominational publisher I mentioned earlier created an educational philosophy that identified eight ways people learn. Preschoolers and adults learn differently! This corporation created a curriculum line without seeking the input of educational professionals. Before you purchase curriculum, review the teaching plans and leadership helps. The bottom line is that Bible study curriculum is big business and leading a Bible study is a huge responsibility. Be careful because everything that comes from your denominational publisher isn’t good, and everything good doesn’t come from your denominational publisher.

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